5.11 Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt in Mussel Blue Neu-Digi Camo colorway.

The 5.11 Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt is a perfect blend of stylish design and practical functionality. It is designed for outdoor enthusiasts and tactical professionals, combining the comfort of a short sleeve camp style shirt with performance-enhancing features that you can rely on.

The Camp Collar Shirt

The camp collar shirt, also known as a cuban collar shirt, is a casual shirt style were made for comfort in hot, tropical climates. Although its exact history is unclear, it can be traced back to 19th-century Filipino, Mexican and Cuban shirt styles. It was popularized in the United States by Cuban immigrants who brought their lightweight work shirts with them during the Cuban Exile of 1959. The Hawaiian shirt (or more correctly Aloha shirt) and the classic bowling shirt are styles of camp collar shirts. The Guayabera shirt also falls into the camp collar shirt category.

Camp collar shirts have become a staple in summer wardrobes. These easy-to-wear button-up short-sleeve shirts are recognized by their signature collar that lays flat against the upper chest, creating a V-shaped neckline. These shirts have a relaxed, straight-cut fit, and most notably, a single-piece open collar sewn directly onto the shirt. Designed to be worn untucked, they are an ideal cover garment for warm weather concealed carry. The straight hem also has better side coverage.

5.11 Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt camp collar. Shown in in Ranger Green Neu-Digi Camo colorway.

Despite their casual vibe, camp collar shirts are incredibly versatile. They can be dressed up or dressed down, allowing them to be worn for both semi-formal and semi-casual occasions. The shirts are available in a variety of lightweight fabrics, making them extra airy and comfortable even on a scorching day.

The color and pattern choices for these shirts are vast. Solid tones are always a solid choice for any day, anywhere. However, as summer shirts, you’re allowed to go wild and creative with prints and patterns. Tropical-inspired or floral prints are a failsafe for more casual occasions.

Although originally designed with men in mind, the camp collar shirt can be worn by both by both men and women. In fact, some camp shirts today have been re-imagined specifically with women in mind.

Camp collar shirts evoke a laid back and rebellious attitude, as seen on icons like Elvis Presley, Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and his fictional secret agent James Bond.

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was known for his flamboyant style and often wore camp collar shirts both on and off stage. His choice of vibrant colors and bold patterns embodied his larger-than-life persona and rebellious spirit.

Ernest Hemingway, the celebrated author, was often photographed in camp collar shirts while living in Cuba. Hemingway was known for his adventurous lifestyle, and the relaxed, easy-going style of the camp collar shirt perfectly complemented his persona.

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was also a fan of the camp collar shirt. In fact, he often wore them while writing his famous spy novels in Jamaica. His preference for this style of shirt was reflected in his character, James Bond, who is often depicted wearing camp collar shirts in tropical locations.

Goldeneye, where Ian Fleming wrote all the James Bond stories Fleming was a fan pf the camp collar shirt. Photo: Banjoman1 via Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED.

James Bond is known for his suave and sophisticated style in the films. The camp collar shirt, frequently worn in exotic locales in the movies, adds a touch of casual elegance to his wardrobe.

5.11 Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt

The 5.11 Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt doesn’t compromise on expressing its unique style, while maintaining a relaxed and laid-back vibe. The shirt is equipped with 5.11’s center front RapiDraw™ placket with logo faux button snaps, providing quick access to your concealed carry weapon (CCW). The shirt also comes with chest patch pockets with logo button closure for secure storage, and a left chest pocket with a pen guide making it perfect for everyday carry essentials.

5.11 Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt in Ranger Green Neu-Digi Camo colorway

The shirt is made with 100% polyester dissolving yarn print with Vent-Tac™ properties, ensuring a lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking fabric. This keeps you cool and dry even on the hottest days. The camp style shirt also features a pressed open collar and a straight hem with side seam vents for added comfort and breathability. The fabric is very lightweight and airy.

Polyester is a durable, wrinkle-resistant, and quick-drying fabric that can retain its shape and color well. Polyester dissolving yarn print is a technique used in the textile industry to create unique designs and patterns on polyester fabrics. This process involves printing a design onto a polyester fabric using a special type of ink or dye that can dissolve or disperse into the fabric. The resulting print is often vibrant and long-lasting, making it a popular choice for clothing and other textile products.

The 5.11 Neu-Digi Camo pattern on the Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt has a low-key nature-inspired tropical vibe that doesn’t look out of place in any casual setting. It is available in two colorways Ranger Green Neu-Digi Camo and Mussel Blue Neu-Digi Camo. 5.11 provided me with the Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt in Mussel Blue Neu-Digi Camo.

All things being equal, darker shirts better conceal than lighter colored shirts since they visually print less to the eye. Patterned shirts conceal better than solid color shirts, since they tend to visually break up any bulges and shadows. The Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt in the Mussel Blue Neu-Digi Camo colorway that I was provided touches all of the bases. It looks great too.

Closeup showing 5.11 Neu-Digi Camo pattern. Shown in Mussel Blue colorway.

The shirt is currently available in one length only. It should work for most people. A good way to check if the length of a cover garment is sufficient is to raise both of your arms over your head. If the garment rides up to a point that it exposes your gun or holster when you do this or it nearly does, the garment is likely too short in length.

Final Thoughts

The Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt is an ideal choice for those who demand both style and functionality. The shirt’s unique camo print and metal-cased buttons give it an eye-catching and bold appearance, while its technical features ensure it meets the high-performance standards 5.11 Tactical® is known for. MSRP for the Gyver Camo Short Sleeve Shirt is $62.00.



Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By Eugene Nielsen

Eugene Nielsen provides intelligence and security consulting services. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California. His byline has appeared in numerous national and international journals and magazines.

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